TWO MEMBERS OF INDONESIAN SECURITY FORCE CAPTURED IN WEST PAPUA

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JAYAPURA, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (December 27, 2000 – ABC Online)---Rebels in Irian Jaya, also known as West Papua, have reportedly captured two members of the Indonesian security forces.

Indonesia’s state Antara news agency reported that 20 guerrillas belonging to the Free Papua Movement apprehended the pair during a raid on Tor Atas district, near the provincial capital of Jayapura.

The agency said the two police sergeants were guarding a local church.

A police spokesman in Jayapura said the security forces are searching for the missing men.

Earlier this week Indonesia’s President Abdurrahman Wahid vowed to prevent the secession of the country's easternmost province.

He guaranteed the right of free speech but said violence or acts of secession would not be tolerated.

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